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Taste Test Tuesday: Todd’s Dirt

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. As you can tell we had a blast at Metro Cooking DC this year. We learned a lot, saw a lot and met some really great vendors who we will continue to tell you about as we review their products. This is another vendor we met at Metro Cooking DC and we are addicted to their products.

Todd’s Dirt

 

After years of trying to recreate a seasoning blend that was made by a family friend, Todd was able to create something even better. Why is it called dirt? Well if you look at the bottle it resembles grass and dirt that you would find in your backyard. That’s just how big and noticeable the seasoning is. There is no MSG and it’s gluten-free. We had the opportunity to taste the dirt as a dip and on chicken. One bite and we knew this was a hit. Todd’s Dirt comes in three different blends:

Original: A mild savory seasoning made with 14 spices including, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Kosher Salt, Pepper, Onion, Rosemary, Sage, Cilantro and other spices. Great on meats, vegetables, potatoes, and pasta. It even comes in a no-sodium blend called Low Down Dirt.

Bayou: This Creole/Cajun style seasoning has a very bold flavor made with 16 spices including, kosher salt, chipotle powder, sage, thyme, rosemary, chili powder and many more. If you are looking to spice things up a bit then this is your choice.

Crabby: A gourmet seafood seasoning blend made with 20 spices including, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, sage, onion, oregano, basil, ginger, cloves, white and black pepper, and many other spices. It’s Todd’s version of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. This seasoning was awarded the 2011 Silver Sofi award in the Flavor Enhancing category by the National Association of Specialty Food, which is the highest honor you can receive in the specialty food industry.

All of these spices were fantastic. You can use these seasonings to make dip with some sour cream. Crabby Dirt and some sour cream will kick up your shrimp cocktail dish. Sprinkle some of Todd’s dirt on some fresh popped popcorn, you’ll love it!

You can get them online at Todd’s Dirt or from some local grocery stores like Giant, Ingles Market, Whole Foods, and Central Market. Don’t see your local store on the list? Check the website to see if a store near you carries it, if not just order from the website. Hint: It is a great $5.00 investment!! They also have t-shirts, cookbooks, and gift packs if you are looking for a gift for the foodies in your life.

We hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for spending time with us today. Feel free to leave a comments on the blog and let us know what you think.


Taste Test Tuesday: Cookies & Corks

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We hope your Thanksgiving holiday was filled with love, laughter, friends and family. Ours was great, we truly enjoyed ourselves.

As you know we attended Metro Cooking DC at the beginning of this month. While we were there we had the chance to sample a lot of food. One thing we came home with was some cookies from Cookies & Corks. This company has created sweet and savory cookies that are to be eaten with wine. The cookies come in very creative flavors like sea salt, lemon, sage, apricot, dark chocolate and espresso.

You can purchase cookies to be paired with white wine, red wine and sparkling wine. The distinct flavors of the cookies paired with the wine are a great match. Most people would just pair wine with cheese, but don’t worry there are cheese flavored cookies to appeal to your taste buds. We had our friends and family try the cookies over the holiday weekend. Everyone took turns sampling the cookies with the corresponding wines. Ginger Molasses, Shortbread and Zesty Lemon were the favorites.

There is even a wine pairing guide to help you with the process. Each box of cookies is $7.95 and makes a great hostess gift for this time of year.

Red Wine Pairing Box

 

White Wine Pair Box

 

Sparkling Wine Pairing Box

 

Cookies & Corks great job on the flavor combinations we can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Be sure to check out their site, they have a holiday sale going on right now. You don’t want to miss this.

 


Taste Test Tuesday: Dee’s Gourmet Pretzels

 

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. We’re back from Metro Cooking DC and we have a lot to share with you. During the expo we had the chance to check out different vendors and see what they were offering. One of the vendors we visited was Dee’s Gourmet Pretzels, located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.  Dee’s offers chocolate and caramel covered pretzels that come in over 40 flavors.

We had one bit of a white chocolate covered pretzel and ending up buying a Reese’s Piece’s and chocolate covered pretzel. Smooth, rich chocolate coats a salty pretzel and provides you with a great treat. We must admit that these are a little addictive, but we didn’t mind…it’s chocolate!

 

 

Dipped in peanut butter, then coated in chocolate with a little extra drizzle was such a party for my taste buds. Gotta order some more of these.

Don’t want the traditional pretzel? Don’t worry Dee’s also has pretzel rods. A great on-the-go and a perfect party favor.

Pretzels make very good gifts for all ages. Dee’s has party trays for many occasions along with chocolate covered marshmallows, graham crackers and Oreos. Check out her sugar free and gluten free options as well.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by the kitchen today, be sure to check us out all week as we give you our recap from Metro Cooking DC.


Product Review: Ritz Toasted Chips ‘Dairyland Cheddar’

I was asked by a reader to do more product reviews, which I think is a great idea! The first one I did back in November was on  Pampered Chef stoneware. I am going to try and do more of these reviews, hopefully you will like them. I have a few items to try out thanks to yesterday’s impromptu trip to the grocery store. First up are these Ritz Toasted Chips, my goodness these things are AWESOME!!

Light, airy and definitely crispy! They have the crisp of a potato chip but the taste of the Ritz crackers. While in VA visiting my sister I had the chance to try these. She had the ‘Dairyland Cheddar’ kind in her cabinet. I ate the entire bag watching television. LOL I felt so bad I went to the store and bought her 2 more bags and told her to hide them until I left. Cheesy goodness I tell you!! They are not like Cheez-its or Nips they are quite different, but oh so tasty! These are definitely a staple in my pantry and at my desk at work.

There are other flavors such as Main Street Original, Home Sweet Home Sour Cream & Onion, Wheat Thins Great Plains Multi-Grain, Wheat Thins Garden Valley Veggie. I will be making my way to each flavor and will keep you posted.

If there is something you would like me to review just let me know!


You Choose the Content!

I absolutely enjoying cooking, especially baking. The kitchen is a safe haven for me. My creativity begins to flow when I think about food and all the options that are available. Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to have a kitchen that I can explore in. Which has left with the thought of ‘What to do?’ What should I include on my blog? This is my culinary journey and Lord willing the beginning of my bakery.

I have been asked to try out recipes and write a review, test out a new cake pan (Thanks to a member of the BRC) and even come up with a weekly menu. They are all great ideas that I am planning on doing in the very near future, but what else would you like to see on my blog?

    Ideas

  • Recipe Section
  • Product Reviews
  • Special Occasion Menus

Leave comments or send me an email and let me know what you would like to see!